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Barriers to Adoption of Ergonomic Innovations in the Construction Industry
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1171-9438
2013 (English)In: Ergonomics in design, ISSN 1064-8046, E-ISSN 2169-5083, Vol. 21, no 26, 26-30 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

More work-related injuries and problems occur in the construction industry than in other industries, particularly with regard to musculoskeletal disorders. One reason might be that the industry is organized around projects that lead to short-term benefits and does not stimulate innovations that will reduce injuries in the future. In this article, we present the findings from a survey performed in Sweden among 50 floor-laying companies. The results indicate that short-term income revenues override concerns over the long-term risks of injuries and employees leaving the profession as a result of those injuries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 21, no 26, 26-30 p.
Keyword [en]
occupational injury, ergonomics, working tools, injury risk, musculoskeletal disorders
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-156885DOI: 10.1177/1064804613488890Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84886807606OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-156885DiVA: diva2:768530
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QC 20150114

Available from: 2014-12-04 Created: 2014-12-04 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
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1. The Adoption of Ergonomic Innovations for Injury Prevention: Examples from the building construction and health care industries
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Adoption of Ergonomic Innovations for Injury Prevention: Examples from the building construction and health care industries
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A good work environment is important for the individual, for industry and for society. The work environment research has, predominantly, targeted identification of problems and the measurement of the size of these problems.

Innovations to reduce the incidence of musculoskeletal disorder, MSD, have been introduced in different branches of industry, but with limited success.

Few of the ergonomic innovations developed for the building and construction industry have reached a sufficient level of adoption. Ergonomic innovations in the health care sector are of an incremental character and seem to have similar problems of adoption as the ones in the building and construction industry.

Three examples of ergonomic innovation are examined in the thesis:

  • a glue spreader for floor layers

  • a four-wheel walker with a lifting device

  • a sonographer’s scanning support device

The studies show that an ergonomic innovation is not adopted for prevention of occupational injury unless the innovation also has other relative advantages apart from the ergonomic ones. For the group who already has sustained an injury, it is enough that the ergonomic problems are solved, while the other, symptom-free group, requires other advantages in order to adopt the innovation; increased production economy seems to be the most prominent potential advantage.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. 44 p.
Series
TRITA-STH : report, ISSN 1653-3836 ; 2014:6
Keyword
Ergonomics, musculoskeletal disorders, ergonomic innovation, adoption, four-wheel walker, lifting device, sonographer support, floor laying
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Technology and Health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-158523 (URN)978-91-7595-417-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-01-30, 7093, CHB, Marinens väg 30, Haninge, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2015-01-14 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2015-02-02Bibliographically approved

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